Clackamas County Event Center set to break ground on new multipurpose building

Event Center

The Clackamas County Event Center invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. to officially kick off construction of a new, state-of-the-art, 38,000-square-foot multipurpose building in the heart of the fairgrounds property in Canby.

Local, county and state dignitaries are expected to participate. Media and other attendees are asked to RSVP online at

Carefully designed and planned by fairgrounds staff and Clackamas County Fair Board officials, the ambitious project will replace the original beef and swine barn, which was torn down in 2014 for safety reasons, while enhancing the overall versatility and functionality of the facility.

The new structure will also replace the temporary tent that is erected each year to house animals during the Clackamas County Fair since the original barn was razed in 2014. The building will offer the fairgrounds a large and versatile space for trade shows, conferences, exhibitions, concerts and other entertainment, flea markets and more.

Designed by LRS Architects, construction will be led by Beaverton-based Inline Commercial Construction and take place across two phases. The first phase will be the concrete foundation and roof, which the fairgrounds hope to complete in time for the 2024 Clackamas County Fair. The second phase will encompass the walls and interior finishing work, with a hopeful completion date of summer of 2025.

The building will include a 31,000-square-foot main hall that can be subdivided into three separate rooms. It will also boast restroom facilities, showers, a wellness room, and a family restroom to serve a wide variety of guests and community members. It will also feature a comfortable lobby and reception area, as well as office space.

Funding for the estimated $12 million project has come from a combination of sources, including the State of Oregon, Clackamas County, and the City of Canby. However, individual community members and families are also encouraged to participate in funding efforts through programs such as Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards and the Clackamas County Fair Improvement Foundation.

Sponsorship and naming opportunities are available for local businesses and organizations.

“We are thankful to our partners who have supported this important project, from the county, state and city, to the Fair Board, to our local community members,” said Clackamas County Event Center Executive Director Brian Crow. “The Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center is a big part of Canby’s and Clackamas County’s past and future, and the success of this project so far is just one more example of what makes our community so special.”

The Clackamas County Event Center is located at 694 NE 4th Avenue in Canby. Parking for the Oct. 12 groundbreaking will be available on-site, inside the red gate and in the red lot.

For more information, contact Brian Crow at or 503-266-1136.


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